Momoyo Kaijima

Momoyo Kaijima is a visiting Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP. Kaijima is a graduate of the Japan Women's University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She was the 2012 RIBA International Fellow.

Kaijima is principle architect and co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. She opened this Tokyo-based firm with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto in 1992. The firm designs residential, commercial and public spaces in Tokyo, Europe and here in the US.

The firm specializes in domestic and cultural architecture in addition to urban research. Atelier Bow-Wow's research is the heart of an experimental project 'micro-public-space' which is a novel conceptualization of the public space. The firm's other speciality is the creation of public art based on the theory of "behaviorology".

In this 9th episode of GSAPP Conversations, Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Momoyo Kaijima about the relationship between research and practice as it is made visible in the books they’ve published, the difficulty and rewards of working in the Fukushima Prefecture following the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident, and her interest in working across generations to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between buildings and their inhabitants.

“Architecture itself is very static and hard, but it is changed and transformed to be more active by the surroundings. … How buildings are animated for the people and by the people – this kind of research is really, really important to making a kind of critique for today's method of architectural design.”
–Momoyo Kaijima


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4106‑14 Spring 2017
Advanced Studio VI
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Momoyo Kaijima, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto Studio Section Via Lottery - Required 3rd Yr M.Arch & AAD
600/700 Avery Hall
MTH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM,F 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
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